The Reds will attempt to follow up a highly impressive campaign by adding more trophies to their cabinet in 2019-20
Liverpool players will surely be wondering what more they can do when they attempt to improve upon their last campaign in 2019-20.
Jurgen Klopp’s job involves rallying his squad to go again after a season that saw them miss out on Premier League glory despite amassing a remarkable 97 points and that unenviable task gets under way in earnest in early July.
The Reds won their sixth Champions League title, but their performance in the domestic cups left plenty to be desired and they will be eager to improve on those fronts this coming season having watched rivals Manchester City achieve an unprecedented treble.
Ahead of the upcoming campaign, Goal takes a look at Liverpool’s pre-season friendly schedule, the club’s transfer activity and when their Premier League push begins again.
Liverpool pre-season fixtures
|Date||Match||Time (UK / US ET)||Venue|
|Jul 11||Tranmere Rovers||7:30pm / 2:30pm||Prenton Park, Birkenhead|
|Jul 14||Bradford City||3pm / 10am||Valley Park, Bradford|
|Jul 19||Borussia Dortmund||1am / 8pm||Notre Dame Stadium, Indiana|
|Jul 21||Sevilla||11pm / 6pm||Fenway Park, Boston|
|Jul 24||Sporting||1am / 8pm||Yankee Stadium, New York|
|Jul 28||Napoli||5pm / 12pm||Murrayfield, Edinburgh|
|Jul 31||Lyon||6pm / 1pm||Stade de Geneve, Geneva|
|Aug 4||Manchester City*||3pm / 10am||Wembley Stadium, London|
*2019 Community Shield
Liverpool kick off their pre-season preparations with games in mid July against Tranmere Rovers and Bradford City before making their way across the Atlantic for a tour of the United States.
Klopp’s former club Borussia Dortmund will be the first Stateside opponent and that game will take place in Notre Dame Stadium on July 19. Three days later it’s La Liga opposition, with a clash against Sevilla in Boston on July 21.
The Reds then make a trip to New York to play Sporting on July 24 before returning to the UK four days later for a game against Serie A giants Napoli at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield – the home of Scottish rugby.
A clash against Ligue 1 giants Lyon takes place in Geneva on July 31 before Liverpool lock horns with familiar foes Manchester City at the beginning of August for in the Community Shield – the official curtain-raiser for the English club season.
They had been scheduled to face Bundesliga side Schalke, but the game has been cancelled due to the earlier date on which the Reds open their league campaign.
Liverpool 2019-20 transfer activity
Having spent big money in recent years to bring in players such as Alisson and Virgil van Dijk, the summer of 2019 is set to be a relatively quiet transfer window for Liverpool.
The squad that Klopp has built is a formidable one, which the 2018-19 campaign showed, and accordingly, the German coach is under no great pressure to strengthen too much.
A forward, to take pressure off Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, is high on the agenda when it comes to areas in need of bolstering. The likes of Timo Werner, Julian Brandt and James Maddison have been linked.
There will certainly be a number of first-team departures, however, with Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno leaving for free, while Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Ings will also be heading through the exit door.
Transfer activity in
|DF||Sepp van den Berg||PEC Zwolle||£1.3m||Jul 1|
Transfer activity out
|DF||Alberto Moreno||Released||Free||Jun 30|
|FW||Daniel Sturridge||Released||Free||Jun 30|
|DF||Conor Randall||Released||Free||Jun 30|
|GK||Adam Bogdan||Released||Free||Jun 30|
|FW||Danny Ings||Southampton||£20m||Jul 1|
|FW||Sheyi Ojo||Rangers||Loan||Jul 1|
Liverpool 2019-20 Premier League fixtures
Liverpool kick off their 2019-20 Premier League campaign at Anfield on August 9 against newly promoted Norwich City.
It is the division’s curtain-raiser, taking place on a Friday evening, and comes five days after the Community Shield clash against Man City.
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The Reds face Manchester United for the first time in the season on October 19, with a repeat of last season’s Champions League final in store against Tottenham the week after. Klopp’s side lock horns with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at Anfield on November 9.
The first Merseyside derby of the season against Everton is set to take place at Anfield on December 4, with the Toffees hosting the return fixture next March.